The Kentucky Senate passed a bill protecting children from live, sexually explicit adult performances – including drag shows – that take place on public property. SB 115 would amend a state statute that deals with prostitution, human trafficking and sexual performances.
You don’t have to look far on social media or in the news for videos and articles about children watching sexually explicit drag performances. Some of these involve “Drag Queen Story Hour” (DQSH), which is a deliberate attempt to introduce “queer ways of being and relating” into children’s lives.
SB 115 is a straightforward, commonsense, and necessary bill to protect children in Kentucky from inappropriate adult performances. Let’s state the obvious, sexually explicit adult performances, including drag shows, should not take place near children or in schools or libraries.
SB 115 would add this to the state law:
As used in this section, “adult performance” means a live sexually explicit performance involving acts set forth in [Kentucky Revised Statute] 529.010(15) or a live performance involving male or female impersonators, who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient interest in sexual conduct, regardless of whether or not performed for consideration, which taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value (our emphasis).
The bill would prevent children from seeing these performances in schools and libraries. The measure says:
A person is guilty of engaging in an adult performance when he or she engages in an adult performance:
(a) On publicly owned property; or
(b) In a location where the person knows or should know that the adult performance could be viewed by a person under the age of eighteen years (our emphasis).
Violators will be charged with a misdemeanor after the first or second offenses and a felony for any offenses after that.
The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 26-6 and now goes to the House for consideration. The Kentucky legislative session ends on March 30.
The Kentucky Family Foundation explained why the bill is needed in the state:
Over the past several years, in Kentucky and across the nation, there has been a growing concern about adult performances targeting children. At public libraries, in schools, and on other public property there has been a coordinated push to let men dressed up as exaggerated, hyper-sexualized caricatures of women perform for children, including reading sexualized and age-inappropriate books.
Let’s be clear: These are not real women, they are men pretending to be women, presenting themselves as cartoonish, burlesque images of femininity.
And the hypersexualized, vulgar performances are something children should not be exposed to. Some of the events even involve children in drag, imitating the adults.
Children should be protected from these experiences. They are not equipped – emotionally, psychologically, mentally or spiritually – to understand normal adult sexuality, much less distorted, lewd and twisted sexuality.
Sexualized and pornographic performances traumatize children. They can interfere with a child’s normal development, cause confusion about sexual identity, encourage children to act out what they’ve seen, and lead to earlier sexual activity.
Some transgender activists openly admit to targeting children and their education, as we’ve previously reported at the Daily Citizen. Here are some quotes from an essay, published in a curriculum journal, “Drag Pedagogy: The Playful Practice of Queer Imagination in Early Childhood”
We propose that DSQH offers a particular kind of queer framework – what we call drag pedagogy – for teaching and learning that extends beyond traditional approaches to LGBT curricular inclusion.
We emphasize that drag pedagogy … artfully invites children into building communities that are more hospitable to queer knowledge and experience.
While drag has some conventions, it ultimately has no rules – its defining quality is often to break as many rules as possible.
Walls is correct when he says we must guard kids from these so-called “playful practices, “SB 115 is a family-friendly bill that will help protect children and families from these unregulated and harmful adult performances that are specifically targeting children.”
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